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Addie and George

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BRANDON, Vt. -

Imagination is key to helping kids' brains develop. Gina Bullard found one woman who's Made in Vermont art is making sure there's no shortage of creativity.

Once upon a time in a small studio in Brandon, Vermont, a determined woman decided to take a chance and let her imagination run wild.  Her name was Carey Bunker, and she created two characters -- Addie and George. "Addie and George are a brother and sister duo who like to dress up as their favorite characters and have outdoor adventures," Bunker said.

She draws those amazing adventures and sells them as art prints, along with other imaginative toys to get kids excited about outdoor play.  "There's more to life than the little screens we all love," Bunker said.

A mother of three, there is no shortage of inspiration for Bunker.  Addie is based on herself as a child. "Addie is more prim and proper, she almost wears a dress," Bunker said. And George is inspired by her youngest son Liam. "George is a wild man and he gets on her nerves at times."

One of the best sellers for Bunker are her Adventurer's Kits. Addie and Ace take kids on adventures outside and in -- just in case it rains. In the backpack comes things like a notebook, binoculars, a snugable doll or plushie to take along with you, and a set of illustrated adventurer's cards with special activities to do. Giving parents a tool to jump start those days when nothing seems to work. "It's an easy way to fend off that, 'I'm bored.' 'Oh you're bored? Choose a card and go off on an adventure. Choose a plushy doll,'  -- and they can just go and have fun," Bunker said.

Kids can go on scavengers hunts, finish story starter cards, and do things like run and spin. Before Addie, George, Bunny and the rest of their friends, Bunker was making wedding invitations. Yearning for something she had complete creative control over, Addie was created. Her nursery wall and room art starts at $10. Adventurer kits start at $42. "Parents love it because they don't have to work as hard to come up with a gazillion ideas that kids seem to want," Bunker said.

One day when Bunker grows up she hopes that Addie and George become like American Girl Dolls. Until then she's loving watching kids dream and be inspired by her Made in Vermont art.

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